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30 de Diciembre de 1999

THOSE WITH LOWER SCORES ARE SENT TO THE FORCED LABOR “SCHOOLS” IN THE COUNTRY. By Pura Castilla, Cuba Free Press.

Ciego de Avila.- All high school students in Cuba who have not earned a scholarship must go for 45 days to the so-called schools in the countryside and do farm work. The housing available to them doesn’t meet the minimum requirements for living and each child must take his mattress, bedding, towels and other toiletries. But food is so scarce and of such poor quality that the government often must reduce the number of days of work.

In the school of the neighborhood of Arnaldo Gonzalez (Elian’s father)in Ciego de Avila province, the 7th and 8th grade students had to work 27 days picking coffee beans day and night. After toiling for many hours the students……

Editor’s Note: This article could not be finished because the telephone connection was cut off, once again in Cuba. Just before she was cut off, the Cuba Free Press correspondent, Pura Castilla, jokingly said that perhaps the person who usually was "monitoring" her call must be on vacation. Her comment proved too good to be true since the phone conversation was ended abruptly.


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